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Google Pixel 3a review

It was no huge secret that Google had an inexpensive telephone within the works. Discover out why we just like the Pixel 3a a lot in our overview.

As anticipated through the same old onslaught of web leaks, Google has introduced some new mid-range smartphones. The agency’s own-brand Android vary is now extra inexpensive because of the addition of the Pixel 3a and we have taken a glance so listed below are our ideas.

Google introduced the Pixel 3a – together with the 3a XL and Google Nest Hub Max – at its I/O occasion in California. It is primarily a developer convention nevertheless it typically used to introduce new {hardware} too.

Black Friday deal: Google is providing the Pixel 3a from £329 saving you £70 – obtainable at Google Retailer. This deal is obtainable 22 November to three December.

Worth: Pockets pleasant

One of many foremost causes for the brand new Pixel 3a telephones is to supply customers with tighter budgets a Google smartphone that is inexpensive. The Nexus vary was once extraordinarily good worth for cash however the Pixel gadgets have turn out to be fairly costly so its good to see Google getting again to its roots.

To that finish, the Pixel 3a is a really modest £399 or $399 and is obtainable now from the Google Retailer and retailers like Carphone Warehouse, EE, Argos, Cell Telephones Direct. This makes it nearly half the worth of the Pixel Three which is £739 and precisely half to the greenback worth of $799.

The value put it in competitors with some wonderful mid-range telephones from the likes of Motorola, Honor and Xiaomi.

For those who’re questioning, the Pixel 3a XL is £469/$479.

Pixel 3a and 3

Design & Construct: Spot the distinction

A mid-range machine, particularly a model of a flagship telephone, can typically be a a lot poorer assemble because of the worth totally different.

Nevertheless, Google has stored issues very comparable certainly for the 3a and even side-by-side you’d wrestle to inform it other than the common Pixel 3. The design is stored the identical with all of the little particulars discovered on the flagship gadgets.

That features a two-tone end on the again with a shiny glass part across the digital camera. The principle totally different is that the 3a is just a little bit extra chunky, however not by a lot. There are additionally barely thicker bezels both facet of the display. The principle factor right here is the large chin under the show.

Google affords the telephone in Clearly White, Simply Black and a brand new color referred to as Purple-ish. This can be a dusty pastel wanting color which could be very delicate and has a lime inexperienced energy button.

Pixel 3a colours

The strain sensors within the facet of the telephone stay so Energetic Edge permits you to squeeze the telephone to do issues like summon the Google Assistant. It may be customised to do different issues, although.

There are two huge issues to notice concerning the 3a design when evaluating to the common 3. The primary is that you just get a headphone jack, thanks partly to the marginally greater body. Nevertheless, you aren’t getting any waterproofing as Google has to maintain the prices down in some way.

See our spherical up of the very best Pixel 3a and 3a XL instances right here.

Specs & Options: The necessary issues

Though the design of the Pixel 3a could be very very similar to its flagship huge brother, there are a selection of spec adjustments to concentrate on. Simply dropping waterproofing was by no means going to the make the telephone half the worth, in spite of everything.

One of many key adjustments is that you just get a decrease tier processor. So there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 as an alternative of an 845.

Pixel 3a XL & 3a

Basically use, the telephone would not actually really feel any totally different to the Pixel Three with a small distinction when opening apps in a side-by-side textual content. With out that context, although, the telephone feels completely easy in day-to-day use.

Nevertheless, it does take longer when demanding duties come up comparable to taking a Night time Sight photograph with the digital camera. It is a small sacrifice for a telephone this inexpensive.

As you possibly can see in our benchmark outcomes under, the 3a performs pretty nicely. It’d get outdone by the likes of the Honor and Xiaomi however we do not assume that is what you are more likely to be shopping for the Pixel for. It is strengths come elsewhere comparable to getting pure Android.

There’s nonetheless 4GB of RAM however only a 64GB possibility with regards to storage. Google, like Apple, would not supply growth with a microSD card slot however you may make use of limitless cloud storage for photographs and movies at Excessive Qualilty. Meaning full decision photographs because the cap is 16Mp however movies might be 1080p.

Snap pleased

Typically what you are paying for when shopping for a flagship telephone is the considerably higher digital camera.

You is likely to be shocked to be taught that the digital camera expertise is strictly the identical on the Pixel 3a with the 12.2Mp sensor from the common Three and all of the intelligent software program options together with Night time Sight.

Pixel 3a camera

Having only one digital camera in a world of telephones with three, 4 and even 5 might sound odd however Google has a few of the finest software program which proves that it is not nearly what number of lenses you’ve.

As talked about earlier, the factor to keep in mind is that the decrease powered Snapdragon will simply take a bit longer to course of the workload of those digital camera modes.

In addition to Night time Sight you get different issues like Photobooth (full with new triggers comparable to pouting) and a brand new Timelapse characteristic which can routinely select the best framerate between 6fps and one body each four seconds relying on what’s being filmed. Google Lens can now determine objects you level the digital camera at and present you comparable ones.

There’s a small distinction with regards to the entrance digital camera as a result of the Pixel 3a doesn’t characteristic the Group Selfie Cam as there is only one entrance going through sensor.

As you possibly can see under, the outcomes from the Pixel 3a are spectacular. It is not too stunning since that is the flagship digital camera and no software program options are disabled. You do not essentially want a number of lenses to have a very good portrait mode, though it would not all the time get it proper – however nor do different telephones with twin lenses.

There is likely to be extra flashy cameras obtainable within the mid-range however the Pixel 3a quietly does an incredible job at giving customers the sort of outcomes and options they need. Our Night time Sight shot within the gallery under won’t look wonderful, nevertheless it was shot in nearly full darkness with solely a small quantity of moon mild.

Pixel 3a camera test

See clearly

You can see all of this clearly on the Pixel 3a’s 5.6in show – making it marginally greater than the Pixel 3. It is nonetheless OLED regardless of this cheaper price level and has a Full HD+ decision. 

It is nonetheless an incredible panel, particularly for the worth however as you would possibly count on, would not fairly have the identical degree of high quality evaluate to the three. The whites are a bit on the yellow facet and shifting off the principle viewing angle shortly turns issues a tad blue. On the plus facet, it’s totally vivid at most with round 500cd/m2 which is above common.

If you would like one thing greater, you possibly can go for the Pixel 3a XL which has a 6in display.

We talked about earlier that there is a headphone jack which is a bonus over the Pixel Three and there is additionally stereo audio system (though the decrease one is down firing) and a USB-C port which help quick charging. What you aren’t getting right here is wi-fi charging.

Pixel 3a & 3a XL

A marathon, not a dash

By way of battery life, Google claims you may get 30 hours from a single cost so it’s designed to last more than a day. One thing referred to as Adaptive Battery will restrict energy to lesser used apps to make your telephone final so long as attainable.

The 3000mAh has lasted us nicely throughout our testing time and solely makes use of about half the juice in a typical day. This telephone comfortably lasts a few days until you are going to hammer it with duties.

There won’t be wi-fi charging at this worth however the 18W quick charging tops the telephone up shortly, an honest 47 % in 30 minutes if the telephone is lifeless.


There’s little to say concerning the software program right here as a result of Google would not maintain stuff again for the dearer gadgets. You get the pure Android expertise you’d count on and the agency guarantees three years of OS and safety updates so you’ll undoubtedly get Android Q when it arrives and future variations as nicely.

A brand new characteristic (in preview kind) that makes use of the digital camera is a part of Google Maps. It is referred to as AR navigation and offers you helpful instructions for whenever you’re strolling. Maintain the telephone up and you will see enormous arrows and different helpful bits of data to be sure to’re going the best means overlaid on the true world.

It’s essential watch out when utilizing it, nevertheless it’s actually cool and means you do not have to move off in a single path solely to search out you have gone the mistaken means.

Google Maps AR on Pixel 3a

The AR (augmented actuality) means you possibly can see what’s in entrance of you through the digital camera, so you possibly can keep away from bumping into folks and objects. Transfer the telephone down and Maps will routinely revert to regular. Word that Google Maps AR is designed to work in city areas.


We’re happy that Google determined to launch the Pixel 3a to supply what we consider many customers need and have been lacking out on for a very long time now.

That is Google considerably going again to the philosophy of the Nexus gadgets which have been such good worth for cash so it is nice to see an inexpensive Pixel telephone.

Though the telephone would possibly get outpaced by some rivals in some areas like efficiency, we do not consider that stops the Pixel 3a being an incredible mid-range alternative. You will be very happy if you would like Google’s easy but feature-rich design and software program – to not point out future updates.

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